TORTURE IN HER SOUL is the second and final book in J.M. Darhower's Monster in His Eyes series and concludes Ignazio Vitale and Karissa Reed's dangerous whirlwind romance. While we weren't completely blown away by Monster in His Eyes, Torture in Her Souls was still one of our most anticipated releases of the year. How could we not be when Naz was such a dark, mysterious and dangerous hero.
Series: Monster in His Eyes #2
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Publisher: J.M. Darhower
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Suspense Romance
Group Rating: ★★
Don't say it unless you mean it…It's a simple concept, one I've said time and again, but something people don't seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.Somebody like me.I'm not a good man. I'm not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there's one I could never harm, one light I couldn't bring myself to snuff out.Karissa.She thinks I'm a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I'm not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I'm not the most dangerous one out there.Not even close…God help me, I love her.I do.And God help anybody who tries to take her from me.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This book is intended for a mature audience only, due to some dark and erotic content.
Describe TORTURE IN HER SOUL in 140 characters or less.
Ali: A boring journey into the life of a sexy psycho fucker & his simple minded girlfriend, with not enough darkness,vengeance, or fight.
Debbie: Another painfully slow journey in JM Darhower's mafia world about a sexy-as-hell psycho killer & his young and boring girlfriend.
How did you like having the story told in Naz's POV compared to Karissa's in Monster in His Eyes?
Ali: I preferred Naz's point of view, actually. Karissa was very naive and I found it hard to connect with or like her in the first book. While Naz's POV takes away some of the mystery of him, his mind works in a much darker, more complicated fashion and I enjoyed seeing those complexities unravel.
Debbie: Ditto Ali. I much preferred having the story told in Naz's point of view. One of my main issues with Monster in His Eyes was Karissa's naivety. Seeing how simple minded she was and how she rarely questioned anything totally grated my skin. With Torture in Her Soul, I loved seeing just how dark and complex this mysterious man was. You see how the cogs in his brain works and how calculating he really is. Compared to Karissa, Naz is a much more well-developed character and it just made reading the story from his point of view a lot more interesting.
What about Naz was appealing to you as a reader?
Debbie: Everything about Naz is so appealing to me. He's dark, dangerous and totally insane. He doesn't apologize for what he is, what he's done, or what he will do. He has lived a majority of his life in this dark and dangerous world and he totally owns up to his craziness. I don't know why but I love characters that are damaged and totally fucked up. It makes for an exciting read and I have to admit that I was totally turned on whenever he choked Karissa while they had sex. I know. Crazy. But damnit I found it sexy!
Ali: I completely agree, Debbie. My favorite characters are always the most damaged ones. I'm always intrigued by how they got that way, what makes them tick. Naz is mess inside his head but has this completely calm and controlled exterior. I love that about him. As well as the fact that he makes no apologies for who he is or the actions he takes, in his mind they are just. And yeah...the choking. The book gets an extra half star on our rating just for the choking!
Do you think Karissa evolved as a character from book one to two?
Debbie: Honestly? No. To me, she was still the same weak and simple minded girl from book one. A lot of it could be due to the fact that she grew up so isolated but to me it just seemed like she had no desire to find out anything about the situation she's in. It's like she was just sitting there waiting for the next shitty thing to happen and then react.
Ali: I don't feel like she did at all. She seemed content enough to just go along with everything. Not talking to him isn't really putting up a fight. You're in a situation that is complicated, dangerous and uncomfortable yet you make no real waves about it. She backtracked a little for me. I think she showed more strength, slightly, in book one. All in all, I don't see what her appeal is for a man like Naz.
Did you feel the same chemistry between Naz and Karissa in this book?
Debbie: The way Monster in His Eyes ended, I knew that the chemistry between Naz and Karissa would not be the same. The physical chemistry was still the same; these two still lit up the pages. But when it came to the emotional connection, I just could not feel it. With Naz's history and everything that happened in Monster and Torture, I could not fathom how they are even still together. It just didn't make sense to me, especially with everything that happened to Karissa's parents.
Ali: Again, I agree. The way Monster ended, I expected there to be some explosive dialogue at the very least, and then some heartfelt revelations. I needed it to be extreme, because this is an extreme situation. I didn't feel that though. It fell really flat for me.
Overall, what did you think about the series?
Ali: I think the series is all about Naz, for me. The day to day drone of the story bored me. Karissa was all too annoying and entirely too simple, just a follower with no real personality or fight. Naz is an interesting character, which compelled me to continue to read but I think his world would have been more extreme. His actions should have been more volatile, more desperate. As well as the actions of those he works with and hunts. His world felt too easy and he's not an easy guy. There was a ton of potential with his story, the opportunity to capitalize on that was missed in my mind.
Debbie: I think this series could have been so much better if I wasn't so damn BORED for the majority of the time. I think Naz is one of the most disturbed and complex characters that I have met in contemporary romance and I hated seeing him being pared to one of the most lack luster heroines. The backstory between Naz and Karissa's family was really intriguing and I loved the idea. Unfortunately, the author's execution just didn't work for me. I'm just glad we got to see some hard fucking and choking happening or I would have checked the fuck out long time ago.